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ACAW 2023, ACAWorkshop, Facade Prototype, Ceramic Assembly, Terra Cotta, RIOS + Arup

Bridging Nature and Architecture: RIOS + Arup’s TerraClad® Assembly at ACAW 2023

RIOS Website: Terracotta Façade Research – A High-Performance, Green Façade

SOURCE: RIOS website

At the Architectural Ceramic Assembly Workshop (ACAW) in August 2023, team RIOS + Arup explored the concept of biodiversity and interconnectivity with a habitable assembly of TerraClad® rainscreen panels and masonry block. The assembly system’s adaptability and sustainable design ensure a reduced environmental impact.

 

ACAW 2023, ACAWorkshop, Facade Prototype, Ceramic Assembly, Terra Cotta, RIOS + Arup

ACAW 2023, ACAWorkshop, Facade Prototype, Ceramic Assembly, Terra Cotta, RIOS + Arup

 

An in-depth account of their assembly process was recently shared on the RIOS website. The research team conducted a series of studies that investigated material properties, forming methods, and panelization informed by structural analysis. The terra cotta brise soleil incorporated planters and pollinator units, forming a porous, living façade.

View the RIOS ACAW 2023 presentation here.

 

ACAW 2023, ACAWorkshop, Facade Prototype, Ceramic Assembly, Terra Cotta, RIOS + Arup

ACAW 2023, ACAWorkshop, Facade Prototype, Ceramic Assembly, Terra Cotta, RIOS + Arup